Islanders at Lightning Game 2 - 4/30/16 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Islanders (50-29-10) at Tampa Bay Lightning (50-33-5)
NHL Hockey: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Tampa Bay Lightning -135 / New York Islanders +122 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning meet Saturday afternoon for game two at the Amalie Arena.
The New York Islanders hope to steal another road game and head back to Barclays with a 2-0 series lead. The New York Islanders are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 18.3 percent of their power plays. John Tavares leads New York with six goals, Kyle Okposo has six assists and Frans Nielsen has 16 shots on goal. Defensively, the New York Islanders are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 84.5 percent of their power play chances. Thomas Greiss has allowed 16 goals on 270 shots faced. Greiss has given up five goals in his last three games.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning need a victory here in order to remain in the series and avoid a huge early hole. The Tampa Bay Lightning are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 15.8 percent of their power plays. Nikita Kucherov leads Tampa Bay with six goals, Tyler Johnson has five assists and Alexander Killorn has 11 shots on goal. Defensively, the Tampa Bay Lightning are allowing 2.4 goals per game and are killing 84 percent of their power play chances. Ben Bishop has allowed 12 goals on 173 shots faced and Andrei Vasilevskiy has given up zero goals on eight shots. Bishop has given up six goals in his last three games.
The Islanders are 3-6 in their last 9 games playing on 2 days rest and 6-1 in their last 7 road games. The Lightning are 12-3 in their last 15 Conference Semifinals games and 64-31 in their last 95 home games. The home team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings.
The Lightning are too good of a team to drop both games at home in the semfinals where they've been money over the years. This is one of those games where you expect Bishop and others to lead the charge, leading Tampa Bay to victory. You have to be impressed with the way New York has played, especially on the road. However, Tampa Bay is too good and experienced to drop back to back games on its home ice.